PIckles

1 year of Pickles bliss!

I can’t believe but it’s been 1 year since this cute, sassy, loving toothless wonder came into my life!

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A year ago when Marg & Mathew dropped him off to start their new life/adventure in Oz I had no idea this little man would melt my heart! We had a rough start but once he realized I’m his mamma now, he became the warm, snuggly sweet boo boo Marg warned me he would be!
Here’s to many more adventures with Mr P!! 🙂

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Get moving

One foot in front of the other

So yesterday when my massage appt got canceled did I go grab a bag of chips & sit on the couch? Sounds tempting actually but nooooo, laced up my sneaks & walked 7.5 miles around midtown! 

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Got a haircut, did a little shopping & got some rays (with sunscreen of course! ).  And felt amazing after, both the bod & belly!

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For those of us who have desk jobs we spend so much time on our booty, & not doing anything fun with it 😉  Our bodies are meant to be in motion, so whenever you find even 10 minutes to get moving,  do it! Your body & especially your booty will thank you for it.   And you get to treat yourself with a nice shake or juice after to re-hydrate yourself 🙂

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This was my reward after my run this morning…
Hopefully you’re moving while reading this…lather up on the sunscreen & get out and enjoy mother nature…she’s pretty damn awesome!

Happy moving!

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Home dedication x 2!

Another very special day as 2 more Sacramento Habitat for Humanity homes are complete and the keys were given over to the families!

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The Indian Lane development project is on its home stretch, and this marked the 112th & 113th homes Sac H4H have completed for our community!

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This is why we volunteer,  to see others live the American dream of home ownership.  And so proud that the company I work for, VSP, was not only a sponsor of these homes but sent over 100 employees to help build these homes!

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Congrats to the Nolasco & Gavrilyuk-Prus families!!

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Recipes

Sweet & spicy roasted veggies

I’ll admit right now that I’m not a great cook(my friends can concur!), but I’ve gotta tell ya this thrown together recipe was quite tasty!

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Take carrots, parsnips & sweet potatoes and cut into like sizes, to ensure cooking consistency.   The carrots will take a little longer so make sure these are cut fairly thin. If I had Brussel spouts I would have added for more color!
Put in a bowl and toss with coconut or cold press organic olive oil and your favorite spices.  I used curry powder, tumeric, garam masala and a little veggie pepper for zest!
Bake on 400° for 15 minutes, turn over and cook another 10-12 minutes or until carrots are cooked through.
To give it a little sweet flavor I took out with 5 minutes left and brushed with coconut nectar;  you could also use honey or molasses depending on diet & sweet tooth!
Pair this with some nutty millet or quinoa and a salad and you’ve got a hearty meal!

Never tried garam masala?? It’s a mixed spice of typically: pepper,  cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg,  cardamom & caraway.  Taste buds watch out!!!  Typically used in Indian style dishes, but great way to spice up any veggie dish, & heck I’ve even seen it as an additive to a smoothie!

Happy Belly

get that gut flora healthy ya’ll

intestinal flora, what the …. is that?  Well over the last couple years I’ve read my share of articles on intestinal flora, probiotics, digestive enzymes, IBS, and so on & so on.
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the following is an interesting article my colon therapist shared with me, and I’ll tell ya during my 2 month cleanse I was pretty much following this plan and I did feel close to perfect…the 1st time I don’t actually remember feeling food digesting.  I just ate and moved onto my next activity, not having to worry about digestion, bloat, pain & feeling “slumpy”…yes that’s my word for how I’ve felt for so long! 🙂   And I’ve never had a flatter belly in my life!  Wasn’t my top priority but was a nice side affect!

so if you are struggling with digestion issues and have tried many different diets or plans with no success, it’s worth a read to see if some of the suggestions help.

Warning: it’s a pretty intense article telling you much of our food supply is tainted and bad for our bellies, as well as the environment we live in having impacts to our health.  And it won’t change my vegan/vegetarian diet but definitely lots of food for thought 😉

Your Intestinal Fora -by Lawrence Wilson

Happy Belly

The belly diaries – part two

In March I finished my 2 month cleanse of eating incredibly clean, losing a good % of body fat and with my stomach feeling better than it ever had, yay!!!  Now what??  I couldn’t sustain this eating lifestyle forever, so once I came off my cleanse I began to introduce starchy veggies, some fruits and processed foods, and immediately began to feel some symptoms again.  My colon therapist suggested I get a food allergy test, to rule out any foods that may be irritating my system.  I got my blood test and waited patiently for a month to get the results.

My results were somewhat comforting, to help me rationalize this was not all in my head (& belly!) but that I do have some sensitivities to food.  The results made me feel like crying: allergic to bananas/plantains (NOOOOOO),
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my favorite fruit I’d eat EVERY day, pineapple, broccoli (a kids dream to be allergic to but not mine!), mushrooms, and then the 2 that put the link together…

I had been convinced I was gluten intolerant, as every time I ate bread, too much pasta & many processed foods my stomach would immediately bloat and my brain would feel a little fuzzy, and I’d feel sick/unhealthy for days or weeks.  Well gluten isn’t my enemy, but amaranth and bakers yeast are!

Amaranth is a gluten-free grain used in many GF products.

Baker’s yeast is used in all breads (that rise), baked goods and many processed foods. And my favorite brit food Marmite is mainly yeast… 😦
But it gets worse…beer and wine contain yeast as part of their fermentation process…haven’t quite removed the vino tinto just yet to see how much I can tolerate! A girl’s gotta hold onto something!!!

So now I know there are certain foods I need to avoid to help keep the belly issues at bay.  I’ve tried a couple processed foods that did have yeast listed as a lesser ingredient and I did have some symptoms, so going to try to stay clean of all foods that contain yeast or can carry yeast, including fruit (yes the high sugar content of fruit can promote yeast growth).  The following link is one of many articles I came across that shows just how many foods can contain yeast: yeast sensitivities

So the belly journey continues as I try to find a happy balance between eating good for my belly and enjoying life…
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Recipes

Put another asparagus on the barbie

I know, for many of you that smell of a pattie or steak on the grill makes your mouth water…well for me it’s grilled veggies! Bought a mini charcoal Weber today and got my grilling on, veggie style!  I was inspired by some of the most delicious grilled Brussel sprouts I had at a friends house last week; my 1st dish: grilled asparagus,  carrots,  eggplant & onion marinated in olive oil,  veg pepper, basil, Italian seasoning & a little salt.

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Delish; welcome spring, so happy to see you!!
And the veggie garden is planted, all from seed this year so we’ll see how this goes!

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